Our People 2017-06-12T15:23:25+00:00

Our people

We’re a close and collegiate team who build relationships that create trust and open communication.

Our small group of experts has been setting the industry standard for board level appointments since 2002, nurturing relationships with the world’s most talented business people.

Individually and collectively we pursue, and achieve, excellence.

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Julia Budd

Tel: +44 20 7881 2902

“I relish the opportunity to advise a broad range of clients, from FTSE 100 boards to smaller companies which are, or are poised to be, leaders in their own markets. My objective is to ensure that the client is always delighted with the outcome of a search.”

Julia is a Founding Partner of The Zygos Partnership.  She specialises in Chairman, CEO, and Non-executive Director searches and Board Succession Planning.

Julia was previously with Egon Zehnder International for 15 years. There she ran the Board Practice, focusing on Chairman and Non-executive Director appointments. Before this she was a Senior Consultant with Bain and Company. In 2012 Julia was appointed to the Board of the Jockey Club and she is a also a member of the Government’s Professional and Business Services Council which advises Ministers and senior civil servants on economic, business and regulatory issues affecting the largest industry sector in the UK.

Julia served as a Non-executive Director of Wilson Connolly plc, until its agreed takeover by Taylor Woodrow.

She has a BA in Experimental Psychology with Statistics from Oxford University and an MBA from INSEAD.

Luke Meynell

Tel: +44 20 7881 2943
Email: luke@zygos.com

Managing the complexity of chief executive succession by working intimately with boards is what makes search at The Zygos Partnership so exciting – as we build on relationships with chairmen and non-executive directors to ensure an outcome that is often transformational for the FTSE company, its shareholders and the individual appointed.”

Luke is a Partner at The Zygos Partnership, where he has a particular focus on searches for Chairmen, Chief Executives and Non-executive Directors.

Luke joined Zygos in 2014 from Russell Reynolds Associates, where he co-led the European Board practice and led the UK Board practice. Luke has more than 17 years of executive search experience. Prior to joining the search industry he worked at Courtaulds Textiles, first in production management and then as Group Training Manager of the 65 operating companies. Later, he served as Commercial Director for the Nottingham business of the European Lace Group.

Luke served in Northern Ireland, Germany and Cyprus with the British Army as a Captain in the Royal Armoured Corps (9th/12th Lancers). He is a founder member of the Development Board of Historic Royal Palaces and a governor of St Swithun’s School. He has an MA in Modern History from Christ Church, Oxford University.

Laura Sanderson

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7881 2903
Email: laura@zygos.com

“Working with boards over a long period on key appointments that will shape the company’s future is a great responsibility.  We gain insight into company strategy and then have the opportunity to catalyse change by introducing effective new leaders who can build success.  For me, there is no work I would rather do.”

Laura is a Partner of The Zygos Partnership. Her focus is on Chairman, CEO and Non-executive Director searches.

Laura has specialised in Board Advisory work for the last fifteen years.  She joined Zygos in 2004, having previously worked with a boutique executive search and consultancy firm, providing Chairmen with strategic advice on a range of issues including corporate governance.

Laura has an MA in English and an MPhil. in Medieval and Renaissance Literature from Cambridge University, where she was awarded three scholarships.

Ben Jones

Tel: +44 20 7881 2919
Email: ben@zygos.com

“I joined Zygos on the strength of the Partnership’s track record at board level and its obvious commitment to the delivery of high quality work and unbiased advice. It is clear that the Zygos Partners’ opinions are widely sought and trusted, a position founded on the quality of the Non-Executive and executive work which they have delivered on a consistent basis over the last 15 years.”

Ben is a Partner at The Zygos Partnership. He specialises in Chairman, CEO and CFO appointments with a particular focus on CFO roles for public and privately owned businesses across all industries. Ben is also responsible for the Audit Chair practice.

Ben has over 20 years’ experience in Executive Search. He joined Zygos in 2013, having spent two years at Whitehead Mann, where he headed the Financial Officers Practice. Post-acquisition of Whitehead Mann by Korn Ferry, he was appointed to lead the Financial Officers Practice for EMEA of the combined group. Prior to that he was an Executive Director at Russell Reynolds, where he specialised in the financial services sector. Ben began his career at a specialist financial services boutique, Baines Gwinner, before moving to a US start up investment bank, Wit Soundview, as Head of European Talent, as it expanded into Europe.

Chris Leslie

Tel: +44 20 7881 2902
Email: chris@zygos.com

“The strengths of The Zygos Partnership are firstly, its total dedication to providing advice, and delivering results to its clients, without the distractions of a large organisation; secondly its market positioning at the board Level; and thirdly its tight knit team which enables us to quickly tap into the combined 150 years’ experience of its Partners to provide solutions to its clients.”

Chris is a Senior Adviser at The Zygos Partnership, providing advice to the Partners on the firm’s business and future strategy and also helping on the origination and execution of Chairman and Non-executive director assignments, particularly in the financial services sector.

Chris spent 18 years as a Partner at Whitehead Mann, being one of the original Partners that led the firm to its pre-eminent position in the UK search market. He was responsible for setting up, building and leading its Financial Services Practice and he personally focused predominantly on Board appointments in that sector across banking, insurance and asset management. His early career was in banking, spending 18 years with Citigroup working in New York, London and Dublin.

Chris has an MA from the University of St Andrews and also attended the Programme for Management Development at Harvard Business School. He is a trustee of a Foundation focussed on Corporate Governance which is currently undertaking, along with a leading UK University, a major study into the lessons to be learned from the failure in governance within the banking industry.

Emma Combe

Tel: +44 20 7881 2916
Email: emma@zygos.com

“For me, the most impressive aspect of The Zygos Partnership is the quality of the client relationships and the way it always goes the extra mile to deliver outstanding service.”

Emma is a Consultant with The Zygos Partnership. She works across a wide range of executive and Non-executive appointments.

Emma joined Zygos in 2014. She previously spent six years at Skillcapital, advising on Board level placements into private equity backed businesses and helping assess private equity acquisition targets. She focused in particular on Support Services, working on assignments across Europe for large, mid and small cap clients.

Emma spent the first two years of her career in New York as part of The Mountbatten Internship Programme, working initially for the British-American Chamber of Commerce and then for a search consultancy, Gow & Partners. She has a First class degree from Edinburgh University, where she read English Literature and French.

Jane Dowding

Tel: +44 20 7881 2928
Email: jane.dowding@zygos.com

“Partnering with world-class clients and business leaders is a privilege. Finding creative solutions for companies going through transformational change is exciting. Seeing the positive impact of a new executive on a company’s development is incredibly satisfying.”

Jane Dowding began working with The Zygos Partnership in 2016 to focus on executive and non-executive board searches within the media, entertainment & consumer digital sectors.

Jane has over 20 years’ experience in executive search. She was previously a partner at Russell Reynolds Associates where she worked for over ten years. She successfully built and co-led the global media, entertainment & digital practice and advised a range of clients from major global corporations to early stage businesses with a particular focus on digital transformation. She has a strong track record of identifying, assessing and recruiting board level business leaders of both creative and technology led consumer companies.

Earlier in her career, Jane also spent time working in TV production at FremantleMedia, and more recently has worked as an independent advisor within the executive search industry focused on quality delivery, innovation and partner development. Jane is a member of The Royal Television Society. She has a BA in English from Exeter University.

Zoë Gibson

Tel: +44 20 7881 2912
Email: zoe@zygos.com

“As a small and high quality team, The Zygos Partnership is able to provide outstanding service and innovative ideas to our clients. Going that extra mile on a search to find the best candidate is hugely rewarding.”

Zoë is a Consultant with The Zygos Partnership and works across a wide range of Chief Executive, Chairman and Non-executive appointments in the UK and internationally.

Zoë joined The Zygos Partnership in 2003 as a Research Associate, before becoming a Consultant in 2007.

Zoë has a BA in European Studies from Trinity College, University of Dublin, a Certificat d’Etudes Politiques Européennes from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques, Strasbourg and an MSc. in History of International Relations from The London School of Economics.

Gemma Hodgson

Tel: +44 20 7881 2921
Email: gemma@zygos.com

“It is fascinating to work at the highest level in a global and continuously changing sector. I love the chance to work in close partnership with our clients and I gain personal satisfaction from providing bespoke and flexible solutions to their hiring needs.”

Gemma joined The Zygos Partnership as a Consultant in 2011. She focuses on senior level Executive and Board searches in Financial Services. Gemma previously spent four years working with Korn/Ferry Whitehead Mann, specialising in executive positions in banking, insurance and asset management. She began her career in search with a boutique firm working in banking and private equity. Her other experience includes fundraising for a charity.

She has a BA in English Studies from Exeter University and an MSc. in The History of International Relations from the London School of Economics.

Edward Mason

Tel: +44 20 7881 2910
Email: edward.mason@zygos.com

“I was drawn to The Zygos Partnership by the opportunity to work as part of a first-rate team, fully committed to delivering exceptional outcomes for all our clients.”

Edward is a Consultant with The Zygos Partnership and works across a wide range of Executive and Non-executive appointments.

Edward joined Zygos in 2017. He was previously at Skillcapital, advising on Board level placements into private equity backed businesses and conducting due diligence on private equity acquisition targets. He specialised in appointments in the Technology, Media and Telecoms sectors, working in particular on CFO and Technology leadership assignments across Europe for large, mid and small cap clients.

Edward spent the first four years of his career in the Board practice of Russell Reynolds Associates in London, focused on Non-executive appointments and CEO succession planning processes for FTSE-listed and private equity backed companies. He has a degree in French from the University of Durham.

Jim McGlone

Tel: +44 20 7881 2942
Email: jim@zygos.com

“The team at Zygos share a focus on delivering first class solutions for a broad range of clients. The quality of execution is unrelenting, and there is a shared resourcefulness which means that we can be relied upon to identify innovative solutions to some of the most challenging and high profile board appointments in the market. Being part of such a high-quality team is a great privilege and hugely motivating.”

Jim is a Consultant at The Zygos Partnership. He specialises in CFO appointments and CFO succession planning for public and privately owned businesses across all industries, as well as direct reports to the CFO in such areas as tax and treasury, investor relations, financial control and in-house M&A. He also works on Non-executive assignments, with a particular focus on Chairman of Audit appointments.

Jim joined Zygos in 2013. He had previously spent four years at Taylor Bennett, a search firm specialising in corporate communications and investor relations appointments across Europe and Asia. Jim has an MA in Psychology from The University of Edinburgh.

Kerynne Metherell

Tel: +44 20 7881 2929
Email: kerynne.metherell@zygos.com

“What makes this job so fascinating is working with clients to build outstanding leadership teams to drive purposeful, innovative businesses and cultures.”

Kerynne is a Consultant with The Zygos Partnership.  She works on both executive and non-executive appointments, with a particular focus on next generation boards and assessment.

Kerynne began her executive search at Egon Zehnder in 2008, where she worked with senior clients on board-level talent identification and assessment. Prior to joining the search industry she had a long career in international business, firstly in marketing and communications at Glaxo Pharmaceuticals and then at The Coca-Cola Company based out of Hong Kong. She subsequently worked in strategy and business development at AOL and then at Channel 4, where she led two major culture change programmes.

Kerynne has an MA from Oxford University, an MBA from INSEAD, a DipM from the Chartered Institute of Marketing and is a qualified business coach.

Emily O’Shea

Tel:+44 20 7881 2927
Email: emily@zygos.com

“We take the time to listen; our clients value our advice because we prioritise understanding their culture and business needs. No two clients or two candidates are the same and we tailor each search, each conversation to their needs.”

Emily is a Consultant with The Zygos Partnership, specialising in Chairman, Chief Executive and Non-executive Director appointments.

Emily joined Zygos as a Research Associate, and worked across a wide range of executive and Non-executive searches before becoming a Consultant in 2009. Prior to joining Zygos, Emily worked in publishing public relations.

Emily has a BA in Psychology and Philosophy from Oxford University.

Merle Speer

Tel: +44 20 7881 2940
Email: merle@zygos.com

“I joined Zygos because I was impressed by the desire to deliver outstanding service coupled with innovative and creative solutions tailored to the client’s needs. The whole team is passionate about the quality and thoroughness of our work, and this attention to detail is hugely motivating.”

Merle is a Consultant with The Zygos Partnership. She works across a wide range of executive and non-executive appointments with a particular focus on the consumer, media and industrial sectors.

Merle previously spent three years working at The Miles Partnership on consumer, pharmaceutical and other Board positions. She started her career at Russell Reynolds Associates where she initially handled appointments in the industrial sector before joining the Board Practice and specializing in Chairman, Non-executive Director and Chief Executive appointments. Merle has a BSc. in Psychology and Economics from City University and speaks fluent German and basic French and Spanish.

Alison Wotherspoon

Tel: +44 20 7881 2915
Email: alison@zygos.com

“I am delighted to be a part of the Zygos team. I was attracted by its outstanding quality ethic and commitment to delivering the very best service and outcome for its clients.”

Alison is a Consultant with The Zygos Partnership. She specialises in Chairman, Non-Executive Director and CEO appointments.

Alison joined Zygos in 2014. She had previously spent four and a half years in the Board practice of Russell Reynolds Associates in London, focused on Non-executive appointments for FTSE-listed and private equity backed companies.

Alison has over twenty years’ experience in executive search, including eight years with Spencer Stuart in Sydney and London, where she specialised in international consumer goods and retail searches for blue chip companies across Asia Pacific and Europe.

She began her career in financial services with Stephens Associates, focused on the asset management and insurance sectors, before joining Whitehead Mann in London, where she spent three years working in the industrial and consumer practices.

Alison has a degree in English Literature & Linguistics from the University of Manchester.

Scott Stevens

Tel: +44 20 7881 2925
Email: scott.stevens@zygos.com

‘An unparalleled dedication to producing work of the highest quality is central to the Zygos ethos’

Baldeep Bains-Toor

Tel: +44 20 7881 2941
Email: baldeep.bains-toor@zygos.com

“Zygos is synonymous with success at the highest level of board search. The care that goes into our work is unparalleled and it is a privilege to work in this environment with such highly motivated people.”

Baldeep started her career in search at The Inzito Partnership as a Research Analyst. Prior to this, she worked at News UK in the commercial department as a Lifestyle Title Manager.

She has a BA in English from Royal Holloway, University of London and an LLB from The University of Law.

Charlotte Busuttil

Tel: +44 20 7881 2911
Email: charlotte.busuttil@zygos.com

“I am delighted to be part of the highly professional Zygos team: it is a privilege to be working with prestigious clients at the most senior levels of the market, alongside colleagues with such an impressive board track record.”

Charlotte Busuttil is a Researcher with The Zygos Partnership. She works on a wide range of executive and Non-executive appointments across sectors.

Charlotte joined The Zygos Partnership in 2016 and previously worked at Spencer Stuart for five years based in Amsterdam and London. She built her expertise working within the Financial Officer practice on international projects.

A French citizen, Charlotte speaks fluent French, English and Spanish. She graduated from the Université de Provence (France) with a BA in languages.

Stephanie Eleuterio

Tel: +44 20 7881 2904
Email: Stephanie.Eleuterio@zygos.com

“I was initially attracted to Zygos because of its outstanding track-record and the opportunity to work with some of the best professionals in the field. As a Researcher, I discovered not only a company that truly valued research-led executive search and brought an extraordinary level of detail to each assignment.”

Stephanie is a Researcher at the Zygos Partnership, working on a wide range of executive and non-executive appointments across sectors.  Previously, she was part of the in-house Research Team at Miramar Executive Search, where she sourced talent in the Life Sciences and Industrial sectors throughout Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

Native French and Brazilian, she has degrees in both Anthropology (University College London and University of Oxford) and International Economic Policy (SciencesPo Paris). She is fluent in French, English, Portuguese, and Spanish.

Gwenael Quéré

Tel: +44 20 7881 2905
Email: gwenael.quere@zygos.com

“It is a privilege and a pleasure to be part of the Zygos team, to work in a collegiate culture with professionals committed to delivering the best quality advice and outcome to our clients.”

Gwenael Quéré is a Researcher with the Zygos Partnership. She works on Executive and Non-executive Director searches in the Financial Services sector.

Gwenael previously spent five years working with JCA Group, specializing in Board level searches across all sectors.  She started her career in executive search with Whitehead Mann in London and Dubai.

Gwenael’s early career was in international economic development with DAI and the United Nations, and in market research with Euromonitor International. She holds an MBA from Nottingham University Business School and a BA from the École Supérieure de Commerce de Rennes, France.

Katie Bennett

Tel: +44 20 7881 2902
Email: katie@zygos.com

“I am proud to work at Zygos where our clients are at the heart of everything we do.”

Julia Hall

Tel: +44 20 7881 2943
Email: julia.hall@zygos.com

“Working with high quality colleagues and world-class clients is compelling.”

Steph Mounfield

Tel: +44 20 7881 2931
Email: steph@zygos.com

“Professional integrity and credibility at Zygos has enabled us to build on our deep understanding of the market and our clients”

Claire Lane

Tel: +44 20 7881 2903
Email: claire@zygos.com

“I really enjoy working with a team who genuinely care about making a positive difference, not only to client organisations, but also to candidates.”

Jane Ziegler

Tel: +44 20 7881 2918
Email: jane.ziegler@zygos.com

“It’s great to be part of a close working team where levels of professionalism are exceptionally high and the business leaders we work with expect nothing less.”